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IMPORTANT! : recently we saw an increased number of users who could not attend our webinars because of technical issues with Vidyo (our videoconferencing platform). It appears that the fix is not to rely on the in-browser support for Vidyo (which currently seems to be buggy), but instead install the Vidyo application. Here are the steps for those who experience issues with Vidyo:

  1. Install the Vidyo application from this link: (they have versions for all major platforms - Windows, Mac, Linux).
  2. Open the installed application (there is no need to login).
  3. Go to your browser, and enter / click on the "SN Seminars Vidyo room" link we provided (in our emails, and in the calendar on
  4. The Vidyo app should now connect to the webinar video stream.

SHARCNET makes a number of seminar events available online (New User Seminar, general interest talks, etc.) using software/services from Vidyo. Vidyo allows both the presenter and the attendees to offer or participate in online seminars using their web browser plus a small application one has to install when the service is used for the first time. If this is your first Vidyo seminar please join the seminar ahead of the official start, to sort out any technical issues. Vidyo is supported on most platforms, both "stationary" (Windows, MacOS, Linux) and mobile (iOS, Android).

Please note that if your device has a microphone (highly recommended) and/or webcam, they will be used by Vidyo to transmit your audio and video to all seminar participants. They will be on by default, but you can always disable them by clicking on a corresponding button at the top of your Vidyo window. We ask that all attendees keep their microphones muted, unless you want to ask something.

We normally record our seminars, and make them available to all SHARCNET users. All recent and new webinars are posted on our youtube channel, . The links to the video recordings, slides and abstracts can be found on our online seminars page.

If you are using Vidyo to attend one of our weekly "Introduction to SHARCNET" seminars (for new users), please use your SHARCNET login name or your full name as a Vidyo login name. This will help us to record your attendance, so you can be enabled to take the online quiz that enables normal access to legacy systems after the seminar.

If you do not have headphones and or microphone, we provide a toll free number call-in option: 1-855-728-4677, ext 5542. Alternatively, you may wish to watch the seminar as a live webcast, although in this mode you will be unable to interact with the presenter.

We strongly recommend users to pre-register for the seminar they plan to attend, using the following link: Event Registration. This only applies to SHARCNET users. Attendees without a SHARCNET account should ignore the registration step.

To receive email notifications about upcoming General Interest seminars, if you are a SHARCNET user please enable "Events" mailing list in your settings, and if you are not a SHARCNET user please send an email to .

Please note that times for our webinars are for the Eastern Time (EST/EDT) zone.